An original online event showcasing & supporting new work and talent emerging from game design programs

April 9th Conference & Playtesting    |    June 4th Showcase

The Future of Game Design

Horizons connects diverse and highly qualified students with one another, industry representatives  platforms, recruiters, tool developers and to a worldwide community. These future industry leaders are the pipeline to change and to the future for the industry. Through our first of its kind conference and showcase, Horizons amplifies new student work and emerging talent from games programs to industry, one another, and the broader public.

Saturday, June 4th


9 am – 3 pm – Pacific

Student work from more than 20 featured schools around the world. 

VR Nursing Simulator

University of Tulsa


UC Irvine

It’s Dark

Miami University


Michigan State University

Half Billion Knots

NYU Game Center

Dr Bounce

Falmouth University

Disaster Golf

Bradley University


DePaul University


Bradley University

Artificial Intelligence in Games Tournament 2022

University of Canterbury

Arm of Satan

Falmouth University

And many more…
Be sure to join us June 4th @ 9 am Pacific

Live games showcase on itch. To play and explore!
Learn more and play some of the top student game selections.


Katherine Tole

Katherine Tole

Voice Actor

After a decade working in tech and IT, followed by a professional career in voice acting, Katherine Tole is a “Kat of all trades”. Katherine has been streaming and hosting since mid-2019 and has a love for indie games and the passionate developers who make them. Katherine has been an avid video gamer since she was a kid and understands what gamers are looking for in their characters. Recent game credits include Roundguard, Republic of Jungle, Legend of Keepers, and corporate clients like Amazon, Microsoft, Harvard, and HTC. She identifies as non-binary and is part of the LGBTQ+ community.


Izzy Jones

Izzy Jones is a game designer with a background in computer science. Coming from a family of educators, teaching and creating have always been a part of his journey. While experimenting with game design in high school and undergrad, he realized that games could be a way for people to teach each other and practice empathy through design. After all, games are about immersing players in specific types of experiences. In 2019, Izzy received a Joint Degree in Computer Science and Math from Harvey Mudd College, and decided to go to graduate school to further specialize in game design. Izzy recently graduated with a Master’s of Fine Arts in Interactive Media from USC, where he had the opportunity to work on amazing projects, such as a game to teach kids coding, a lofi music exploration game, and his thesis project, a community management game and farming sim about a village of monsters.

Izzy Jones

Rafael Arias Torres

Rafael Arias Torres is a rising 4th year attending Northeastern University studying Computer Science and Game Development. During their time at Northeastern, Rafael is helping foster a community of student Game Developers through their leadership as President of the University’s Game Development club. Rafael has a passion for indie games and the design implementation for narratives and levels in games. 

Rafael Arias Torres


Kick off the event with a welcome message from our chair, Lindsay Grace.

Join our discord for AMAs, Playtesting, and Community discussion throughout Horizons! 



American University
Bradley University
Falmouth University
Miami University
UC Santa Cruz
UC Irvine
University of Canterbury
University of Miami
University of Southern California


DePaul University
The University of Tulsa
George Mason University
Sheridan College
Kent State University
NYU Game Center


Western University
Art Center College of Design
Columbus College of Art and Design


Emmanuel College

Horizons is possible in part from support from the Knight Foundation

Horizons is a partnership of HEVGA and IndieCade

The Higher Education Video Game Alliance is the leading academic association advocating for the critical role video game programs play in higher education, industry, and government. Our mission is to create a platform for higher education leaders which will underscore the cultural, scientific, and economic importance of video game programs in colleges and universities.

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